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US beef amendments effective today: Department of Health

The China Post news staff--Leading retail chains and restaurants in Taiwan said that they have completed necessary preparations to fully comply with the government rules of stating the origins of their beef products beginning today.

Trading companies have also started applying for permits to import beef from the United States with allowed levels of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine.

The Department of Health (DOH) formally announced yesterday that the new rules concerning the importation of overseas beef products containing a Ractopamine maximum residue level of no higher than 10 ppb (parts per billion) is effective immediately.

The Food and Drug Administration under the DOH will start enforcing the new rules requiring that all retailers and restaurants specify where their beef products come from so that consumers can make their own choices.

Beef products containing ractopamine that exceed the 10 ppb level will be confiscated and destroyed.

Retail outlets and restaurants failing to place public signs or notices concerning the sources of their beef products will face fines ranging from NT$30,000 to NT$150,000 in accordance with the new rules ratified by lawmakers.

September 12, 2012    krane8@
Since the disputed islands issues with Japan has escalated, with the US obviously on Japan's side. The Taiwanese government should log in a protest by placing the USA beef amendments on hold until further notice or until the US steps in and ask Japan to open up talks with Taiwan over the islands.
September 12, 2012    skier_rich@
So you're suggesting the US Beef issue be used as a political tool like the DPP tried to? That is comically absurd, considering the scale of Taiwan trade with the US vs. that of Japan. We would be committing economic suicide.
September 17, 2012    skier_rich@
@krane - It is ridiculous to politicize this issue as you're suggesting when the two issues have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
September 22, 2012    curtisakbar@
Of course USA is on the Japs side as under the WW2 peace treaty those islands were under Japanese control and only Taiwan was ceded back to China.
October 5, 2012    ken_liu@
Keep dreaming Krane8, you are delusional. I bought some US beef at Carrefour yesterday. It was delicious!
October 8, 2012    proliteguy@
Its easy to figure out why you should not eat US Beef, how can they farm thousands of cattle which involves doubling its size in 6 months without a blade of grass in sight ? You only have to look at the size of the average American to figure that one out, just don’t eat the stuff, do what S Korea and Japan does, tell them to sell it to someone else.
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